#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

It’s November? You’re kidding, right?

And here’s me, still thinking of 2011 as a new year.  :)

Debbie goes home to Colorado Springs today–I will miss her a lot!–and I’ll be driving her to the airport a little while from now.  Bernice and I have already been out for our morning walk–the weather is fabulous, though there’s a chance we’ll get snow by the end of the week.

Oh, WELL.  :)

I have a hair appointment this afternoon–badly needed. 

Not one single trick-or-treater last night.  I miss the old days, when all sorts of scary creatures rang my doorbell and held out a bag for a treat.  I guess it isn’t safe anymore, and that’s truly sad.  When I was young, back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, we could trick-or-treat at every single house in town, and we did.  Some of the kids took pillowcases for bags and one memorable year, my cousin Steve got a piece of apple pie at one house–they’d run out of the regular stuff by the time he arrived, I guess.  Homemade popcorn balls and carmel apples were not unusual, and although it certainly must have raised the cavity count, it was fun.

In our hometown of Northport, WA, my dad was the marshal and also the ‘road commissioner’–which meant he plowed and graded the mostly unpaved streets–he was also the water commissioner, but that’s beside the point–and he took care of the stop signs around town, not that there were that many of them.  :)  Since a favorite trick of the older kids was to pull the stop signs out of the ground, my clever Dad spent a sunny October afternoon painting all the sign posts, while the culprits were still in school.  Since they were still wet with paint when the fun started, later in the evening, the miscreants were easy to spot–they had streaks of white paint on their clothes and hands.  Imagine the parental consternation when my brother came home in paint-stained clothes.

Those were the days.

4 comments to “It’s November? You’re kidding, right?”

  1. Stacey
      · November 1st, 2011 at 6:11 pm · Link

    We took our kids trick or treating last night, and it was really sad, there were not many houses with lights on, more without them on, and the thing was, they were home, tvs and stuff were on, kinda made me really sad :O(

  2. Sharon S.
      · November 1st, 2011 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Linda, you're not that much older than me, and I too remember the good ol' days. We had so much fun and it was soooo cool when we were old enough to go out on our own. I now live in a 55+ community which I adore, but really, no trick or treaters.

  3. Hilda
      · November 1st, 2011 at 8:02 pm · Link

    I didn't have any trick or treaters either, but my front door is behind a tall fence which I'm sure puts the kids off. Last year I had two teenage girls(at least 17, if not older) come by for candy, and I didn't have any. I directed them to my wonderful neighbor across the street, and told them to ask him for double! I called him later and told him what I did, and he cracked up! Since he had about six carved pumpkins lining his walkway, I knew he was "into it." Thanks for the stories about your Dad. They are delightful.

  4. SallyRags
      · November 1st, 2011 at 11:07 pm · Link

    I didn't know the story about Dad!! That is so great…not too surprised about our favorite brother…

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